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Review: Time is a Pyramidal Construct – The Arnold & Son Time Pyramid Tourbillon

by Frank ChuoNovember 11, 2019
Arnold & Son Time Pyramid Tourbillon

The Time Pyramid is the most distinctive offering in Arnold & Son’s broad collection of watches. First introduced in 2013, the Time Pyramid is inspired antique British skeleton clocks with their recognisable vertical construction. Six years on, the brand finally presents a more complicated iteration of the Time Pyramid, and with a minor but impactful design tweak. Here, we bring you the details and our thoughts on the new Arnold & Son Time Pyramid Tourbillon.

The Case, Dial, and Hands

The case of the new Arnold & Son Time Pyramid Tourbillon comes in stainless steel or 18k red gold (5N). At 44.6 mm in diameter the watch isn’t exactly small, though it hasn’t increased in size either compared to the original Time Pyramid sans tourbillon. The crown is placed at 6 o’clock (instead of the usual 3 o’clock) to ensure that the time-setting and winding mechanisms are located at the base of the ‘pyramid’; this maintains the symmetry of the dial. The case is pleasantly nuanced and entirely polished for a classy look.

Placing the crown at 6 o’clock preserves the symmetry of not just the case, but also the movement.

The main attraction of the Time Pyramid Tourbillon is its dial – or rather, lack thereof. Indeed, this equates to a movement that is visible from the front (and back). It is laid out to vaguely resemble a pyramid. The openworked [...]

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Review: Less is More – The Arnold & Son Nebula 38

by Frank ChuoJuly 8, 2019
Arnold & Son Nebula 38

Arnold & Son are best known for their well-finished, contemporary take on watchmaking. Some of the manufacturer’s best work include the Constant Force Tourbillon and the Tourbillon Chronometer No. 36. It isn’t just about the sophisticated nature of the movements of these watches that impresses; it also has plenty to do with their symmetrical, openworked design. Of course, being tourbillon timepieces, their accessibility is limited. In Baselworld 2016, Arnold & Son introduced the Nebula, a pared down analog of its tourbillon watches. The Nebula features the beloved openworked symmetry of the Constant Force Tourbillon and Tourbillon Chronometer No. 36 minus the technical complication(s). With the stainless steel variant priced under USD15,000, the Nebula remains one of the brand’s most desirable watches. This year, the brand reintroduces the very same watch, but in a smaller form. Here, we bring you the details and our thoughts on the new Nebula 38.

The Case, Dial, and Hands

Watch case sizes, on average, have never been bigger than at any point in the past. But recently, there have been plenty of calls for smaller case dimensions – a return to the golden days of watchmaking when watches were mostly elegant. The folks at Arnold & Son have apparently heard our cries and have reworked the popular Nebula into a smaller 38 mm case. To achieve this, the chapter ring has been remade narrower [...]

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Live from Baselworld 2019: Arnold & Son

by Peter ChongMarch 25, 2019

Three novelties from Arnold & Son this year, one new dial, one new case, and one new movement.

We start with the new dial. On HM Perpetual Moon now comes with an aventurine dial. All tech specs remain the same. LE 28 CHF 31,000 before tax. Next a new case for the Nebula. Now with a 38mm case in addition to the 42.5mm. The case is available only in red gold with the option of diamond set on the bezel or full diamond set. Movement is the same as the larger model. Limited to to 50 pieces range from CHF 23,300 to CHF 39,800. And the new movement in the Time Pyramid line adds a tourbillon to the collection. In keeping with the spirit of the line, hour minutes at 6 with a tourbillon at 12. The case size is 44.6mm, same as the non tourbillon. Power reserve is 90 hours. Two versions in red gold and SS. LE 28pieces in each case material. The tourbillon looks it is running independently from the rest of the movement. The only linkage is from the back where the third wheel drives the cage. In SS CHF 37,150 and in RG CHF 46,800

Peter Chong Live from Baselworld

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Arnold & Son Time Pyramid Black Edition

by Chester LauDecember 22, 2018

Arnold & Son adds a dash of stealth to its skeleton Time Pyramid in an all black DLC stainless steel case. The brand finds its footing in the contemporary haute horlogerie category with an exciting and competitively priced timepiece.

The Time Pyramid Black Edition in striking black and gold tones featuring a black DLC treated stainless steel case.

An dial display recognises a formal symmetry with an almost theatrical layout. Using sapphire crystal planes that form an invisible bridge, the Time Pyramid puts on display the brand’s skill in creating technical masterpieces. The Time Pyramid draws inspiration from the regulators built by John Arnold over two centuries ago, as well as English skeleton clocks. Originally conceived in the middle of the 19th century, such lavishly executed clocks showcased the mastery and unique aesthetic sense of English watchmakers.

Reinterpreting the three-dimensional beauty of such antique skeleton watches in a format adapted for wristwatches resulted in the Arnold & Son skeletonized caliber A&S1615. Built in a unique format, the balance wheel is positioned at twelve o’clock, and at the opposite end of the movement at six o’clock, two mainspring barrels that supply the hand-wound caliber with an amazing 90 hours of power reserve, and provide a more constant force to the wheel train.

The gear train runs vertically in a linear format connecting the two barrels [...]

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Review: Arnold & Son Globetrotter – instruments for travelling

by Chester LauSeptember 1, 2018

Arnold & Son has created a timepiece for the modern-day navigator, always on the move from one time zone to the next: The Globetrotter. Part of the Arnold & Son Instrument Collection, which is inspired by the high-precision marine chronometers made by John Arnold and his son towards the end of the 18th century, the Globetrotter reimagined the world-time function in a three-dimensional way.

 

Arnold & Son Globetrotter

 

The new Globetrotter by Arnold & Son.

 

The case and dial

The Globetrotter is held by a large central arched bridge spanning the entire diameter of the dial, central to the design is the three-dimensional world-time display. At 45 mm wide and 17.23 mm at its highest point, the Globetrotter features one of the world’s largest rotating 3D world-time display on a wristwatch.

 

The watch measures 45 mm in diameter, and is housed in a stainless steel case.

 

The Globetrotter is housed in a stainless steel case measuring 45 mm in diameter, with a thickness of 17.2 mm including the domed sapphire “glass box” crystal, and 10.4 mm without the crystal.

Depicting a view of the Earth’s Northern Hemisphere as seen from space, the Globetrotter’s representation of our planet is exquisitely detailed. Starting with a rounded piece of brass, [...]

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